So I’m detouring from my promised blog on faith . . . that will be next time.

For today’s blog, I want to write on worship. First, I love worship. I love spending time with my God through music, especially by lying on my face in adoration before Him or with my hands lifted in awe and reverence of who He is. And I don’t get much carpet time these days, but as a single lady, I felt a very special bond with my Lord when I was sprawled out on the floor of my room, face to the carpet, just baring my heart to Him, singing His praises, and listening. (Bet none of you knew that about me. 🙂 Worship is like therapy to me. All the burdens, all the heaviness, all the cares that wear us down get put at His feet during worship. My soul is renewed, my spirit is lifted, and my heart is lighter. Simply put that’s what happens when we put our eyes on Jesus.

About 2 or 3 weeks ago, as we were worshiping the Lord in church on a Sunday morning, one of the ladies was dancing on the side. And she was not dancing as the world dances or dancing to draw any attention to herself. She was like a ballerina floating and expressing her love for her Savior. Like a little girl who wants to dance for her daddy as a gift to show him how much she loves him. And as I saw her out of the corner of my eye, I just got this understanding of what it means to worship God with all that is within us. How beautiful it is to him when we worship Him without fear of man, without hesitation, without any thought of anything but Him. I then got an understanding of what it will be like when we all, corporately, as a body, worship the Lord in heaven. The beauty of our oneness, the beauty of every unique individual giving his and her full love and full ability to sing in worship of Him. It’s changed my idea of worship.

So yesterday, Sunday morning, I woke up with a splitting headache, which then caused me to make us late for church. And I wasn’t really in worship mode when we arrived 10 minutes late. But then we heard a word about lifting up our own song to Him. Singing a new song to Him, and again, this glimpse of full-hearted worship hit me. And when Troy led us in the song (below), all I could do was lift my praise “like incense” to Him, sing with my whole heart, and desire with all that is within me that He would receive all the praise, all the glory, all that honor that is due to His name. How good is our God? How worthy of our praise is He? How different would our lives be if we honored Him in worship every day?

Like Incense/Sometimes by Step (Brooke Fraser Ligertwood)
May my prayer like incense rise before You
The lifting of my hands a sacrifice of Lord Jesus
Turn Your eyes upon me
For I know there is mercy in Your light

Your statutes are my heritage forever
My heart is set on keeping Your decrees
Please still my anxious urge toward rebellion
Let love keep my will upon its knees

Oh God You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God You are my God
And I will ever praise You

To all perfection, I can see a limit
But Your commands are boundless and have none
So Your word is my joy and meditation
From the rising to the setting of the sun

All Your ways are loving and are faithful
Your road is narrow but Your burden light
Because You gladly lean to lead the humble
I shall gladly kneel to leave my pride

I will seek You in the morning
I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days!

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